Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Today is Election Day, and every citizen of the United States who is over the age of 18 will be able to vote. Rest assured that this is isn't something that happened overnight. When our constitution was ratified, it didn't offer this unique privilege to all of our citizens who are of age. No, there was a time when only rich white men had the right to cast a ballot. Over the years, countless activists fought to ensure that the right to vote wasn't restricted by race, sex, or financial status. These were difficult battles that required dedication and sacrifice, and it would be wrong for any of us to take these struggles and the freedoms they provided us with for granted.
I don't care who you vote for, but I implore you to go out and cast a ballot today. I hope you will make an informed decision, and I hope you will recognize what a tremendous act casting a ballot is. Too many people have fought and died over the years to provide you with this privilege, and you owe it to all of them and to yourself to be an active part of the process. Vote!